Bring on Progress 8 – Literary Magic for All

The new Progress 8 measure surely means that students of all ability will be entered for Literature rather than English only at precisely the same time that the Foundation tier is removed and content is ‘strengthened’. I think this has major implications for inclusive pedagogy. Among other things, we need to consider how learners, who may have memory deficits, will retainContinue reading “Bring on Progress 8 – Literary Magic for All”

Is the Reformed English Literature GCSE legal?

   1st June 2015 Dear Nicky Morgan MP I write to you as both a SEND and English teaching specialist. I am deeply concerned about the new English Literature GCSE because I think it flouts equalities legislation. That is, I think it will not allow SEND and low attaining learners to fully demonstrate their knowledge,Continue reading “Is the Reformed English Literature GCSE legal?”

Rigour or Discrimination? The Reformed GCSEs

A Post Submitted to The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)  EASS advice can now be read beneath the post I write as a SENCO, English teacher and senior leader working in an 11-16 high school. It is my firm belief that ‘strengthened’ GCSEs violate the 2010 Equality Act and I seek advice as to whatContinue reading “Rigour or Discrimination? The Reformed GCSEs”

Letter to Ofqual Regarding Flawed New English Literature GCSE

Glenys Stacey, CEO Ofqual Spring Place Herald Avenue Coventry CV5 8BA 22nd February, 2015 Re. 2015 GCSE English Literature Specifications I write to express my deep misgivings about the new English Literature GCSE and in particular the method of assessment, which was not subject to DfE consultation. Having gauged strength of feeling by way ofContinue reading “Letter to Ofqual Regarding Flawed New English Literature GCSE”

Letter to Ofqual regarding flawed GCSE English Literature specifications, Ofqual’s reply and some thoughts on this

  An Open Letter to Glenys Stacey, CEO, Ofqual Re. 2015 GCSE English Literature Specification I write to express my deep misgivings about the new GCSE English Literature and in particular the method of assessment, which was not subject to DfE consultation. Having gauged strength of feeling by way of an HM Government Epetition, IContinue reading “Letter to Ofqual regarding flawed GCSE English Literature specifications, Ofqual’s reply and some thoughts on this”

Please @TristramHuntMP, save GCSE English Literature

Dear Tristram I know you’re unhappy about the waste of public money on Free Schools and, I agree, that whole thing’s been a farce. Unqualified teachers are another concern, of course. But you must understand that our clients, the nation’s young people, don’t care about these things. If an unqualified teacher is doing a greatContinue reading “Please @TristramHuntMP, save GCSE English Literature”